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Brazil 2014 in pictures

July 13, 2014
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The FIFA World Cup™ has come to an end. Ultimately, social unrest and violent protests were not the highlight of the tournament. World-class football was, with brilliant goal scoring and terrific saves by more than just a couple of previously unknown keepers. Dramatic matches, several of them settled after extra-time.

No underdogs in the final rounds though. Belgium performed radiantly, as expected but they succumbed to Argentina in the quarter finals. Costa Rica, the revelation of the Cup, suffered the same fate before the Dutch team, all-time giants, all-time favourites.

USA Klinsmann

RECIFE June 23

ITA Buffon

ARG Demichelis

NED v Persie

FRA Lloris 3

MEX team

ITA Balotelli

FRA Giroud

BELO HORIZONTE

FULECO

ITA Marchisio

GER crowd

BRA David Luiz

ARG team

BRA fans

ARG Messi 2

FRA fans

MEX Dos Santos

NED Huntelaar

Axelle Despiegelaere World Cup

GER Mannschaft

ENG Lampard 2

ENG fan

NED team

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July 13th, 2014.

 

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One more for our readers:

Axelle Despiegelaere.

Axelle Despiegelaere.

Frankfurt Imperial Starport

July 8, 2014
FRANKFURT Imperial Starport

The Empire takes Frankfurt!

 

Alleged leaked footage of the new Star Wars film shows AT-ST walkers, Imperial Shuttles, TIE fighters and Star Destroyers deployed in Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt am Main).

 

Seems like the biggest German airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode – there have just been imperial forces at the scene. Frank Wunderlich.

Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany and the third busiest in Europe after Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle. It serves as the main hub for Lufthansa and its affiliates.

STAR WARS-FRA

A key strategic facility indeed!

 

July 8th, 2014.

 

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FRANKFURT Star Wars

Klose!!! (Brazil 1 – Germany 7)

July 8, 2014
KLOSE file photo

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Miroslav Klose scored a record-breaking goal tonight and became the all-time World Cup scoring leader. Die Nationalmannschaft trashed the hosts 7-1 and proceeds to the final match to be held in the legendary Maracanã Stadium.

 

This is the first time a team have scored 7 goals in a World Cup semi-final.

 

Kroos and Schürrle scored a brace each while Müller and Khedira netted once to an utterly devastated Seleção which still needs to appear on the pitch in Brasilia, next Saturday.

 

Klose (who was born in Poland, but identifies himself as European, rather than German or Polish) plays for Serie A team Lazio. He has scored 71 goals in 136 appearances with the national team and holds the title of top goalscorer over Gerd Müller (68) and Jürgen Klinsmann (47).

 

Mexican referee Marco “Chiquimarco” Rodríguez awards the goal. Miroslav Klose becomes the all-time top goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.

Mexican referee Marco “Chiquimarco” Rodríguez awards the goal. Miroslav Klose becomes the all-time top goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.

 

He has surpassed the likes of Pelé (12) and Ronaldo (15) in the list of FIFA World Cup™ top goalscorers but is unlikely to win this tournament’s Golden Boot given he has only 2 goals against 6 scored by Colombian-revelation James Rodríguez and 5 by his teammate Thomas Müller.

 

Miroslav Josef Klose (36 years-old) made his international debut in March 2001, heading the winning goal in a match against Albania.

 

July 8th, 2014.

 

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Image credit: FIFA.

Image credit: FIFA.

Monsieur Sarkozy detained

July 1, 2014
Sarkozy detained

Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president, has been detained for questioning in a corruption probe over allegations of influence-peddling.

According to The Guardian, the Parisian politician was taken into police custody as part of an inquiry into alleged abuse of power. The same source reports Sarkozy’s lawyer had been arrested previously as part of the same probe and labelled the situation as “unprecedented”.

These developments are seen as a blow to Sarkozy’s attempts to challenge for presidency in 2017, according to BBC.

François Holland succeeded Sarkozy as president in May, 2012. Hollande represented Socialist Party (Parti socialiste), antagonistic to Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (Union pur un Mouvement Populaire).

Sarkozy is no stranger to controversy and has been involved in corruption scandals since he was in office. He has even been linked to notorious tyrants such as Gaddafi, however he has never been convicted of crimes regarding these allegations .

Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning in corruption probe (file photo).

Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning in corruption probe (file photo).

The former president’s supporters say the probes are politically motivated which at this point, can’t be discarded, given there has not been an official announcement clarifying if Sarkozy is being questioned as a suspect or merely as a witness in the current investigation.

 

July 1st, 2014.

 

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John Oliver meets Stephen Hawking

June 30, 2014
HAWKING People Who Think Good series

“You do realize that typing a response is difficult for me, correct?” Stephen Hawking

 

It is hard to find people who dislike John Oliver. He is popular in both, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. His recent video trashing the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”) went viral and most people used it unanimously to “create” an opinion regarding the World Cup. As a comedian he is hilarious but, should he be allowed to interview Professor Stephen Hawking, probably the smartest man on the planet? To me the answer is “hell yeah” not because Oliver can ask interesting questions (actually in this case he could not) but because it will get more people curious or interested in Hawking’s job.

 

Most of the questions asked were rubbish but at one point Oliver asked an interesting one: “if there is one thing you want people to understand about your work, bearing in mind that most people will never understand anything about your work, what would that thing be?” Hawking replied: “imaginary time”.

 

So, what is imaginary time?

 

Imaginary time is time measured using imaginary numbers. It is a well-defined mathematical concept. According to Hawking, if we take any ordinary (or “real”) number and multiply it by itself, the result is a positive number. (For example, 2 times 2 is 4 but so is -2 times -2.) There are, however, special numbers (called imaginary numbers) that give negative numbers when multiplied by themselves. (The one called i, when multiplied by itself, gives -1, 2i multiplied by itself gives -4, and so on).

 

One can picture real and imaginary numbers in the following way: The real numbers can be represented by a line going from left to right, with zero in the middle, negative numbers like -1, -2 etcetera on the left, and positive numbers, 1, 2, etcetera on the right. Then imaginary numbers are represented by a line going up and down the page, with i, 2i, etcetera above the middle, and –i, -2i etcetera below. Thus imaginary numbers are in a sense numbers at right angles to ordinary real numbers.

 

When it comes to singularities[1] and explaining the origin of the universe, some theories might suggest that the so-called imaginary time is really the real time, and that what we call real time is just a figment of our imaginations.

 

In real time, the universe has a beginning and an end at singularities that form a boundary to space time and at which the laws of science break down.

In imaginary time, there are no singularities or boundaries. So maybe what we call imaginary time is really more basic, and what we call real is just an idea that we invent to help us describe what we think the universe is like.

 

So, now you know! Or your curiosity on the matter has been increased.

 

June 30th, 2014.

Source: Hawking Stephen, A Brief History of Time, Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks.

 

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[1] Singularity is a point in space-time at which the space-time curvature becomes infinite.

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